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Getman Painting - Women Prisoners

Getman Painting - Women Prisoners Civil Rights Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs Visual Arts Ethics

Female prisoners, in the GULAG, were divided into groups of five just like the men.  Each group of five was assigned specific tasks for the day.  They would always be guarded by an armed escort.

The woman who is near the guards is also a prisoner, but she has been given favored status.  Favored treatment caused resentment, on the part of other prisoners.    

Getman created the painting depicted in this image - “First Group of Five Move Out” - which measures 34.6 x 53.8 inches.  His original work is now maintained by the Jamestown Foundation.


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Image, described above, online courtesy Jamestown Foundation.

 

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